2016 Family Reunions – Staunton, VA

                   “The Henckel Family Association Reunion 2016”

                                Staunton – Waynesboro, Virginia

Many non-members of our Association have asked me what happens at our Annual Reunions, I try to answer all their emails or calls, but it is tough to do in writing or in a short conversation. Below, I have tried to answer this question through pictures, which I believe tells the story far better. What do you think? Please scroll through all of them.

DSC_0396All the Henckel cousins at the Reunion posing for a group picture, behind Woodrow                                                                 Wilson’s birthplace. PRICELESS!!!

DSC_0148Friday night’s reception – new and old members introduce themselves to all and everyone mingles with all their cousins.

DSC_0172Memorabilia galore is shown from as far back as the 1700’s. New ideas for our 300th       Anniversary are created for next year’s Reunion in Pennsylvania!                

DSC_0238Saturday morning everyone is up early, our 25 car convoy heads to Staunton’s Woodrow Wilson Museum which features his birthplace and Presidential Library!

DSC_0283Woodrow Wilson’s Birth House – Tour guide waits for 15 Henckels to start tour. Notice the Henckels lined up,  from ages 5 to  39 and a lot in between! Quite a diverse group.

DSC_0416Staunton is a beautifully restored town, our walking tour took us by the site of the Rev. Paul Henkel and family’s home. They lived in Staunton from 1794 to 1797. Five Henkel doctors also  lived and practiced medicine here from the 1860’s to the 1920’s. The new buildings on the left were the site of Dr. Abram Miller Henkel and his family’s home. The mansion which took up half the block was moved to a new location by Dr. Abram’s son S. Godfrey Henkel in 1929. It took 4 years to rebuild!!


Dr. Abram Miller Henkel house was moved to 1417 North Augusta Street from downtown. His son, Samuel Godfrey Henkel II, inherited the house from his mother and father. In 1929, the city of Staunton bought the house from him to expand its downtown. He used the money, and lots more, to move the house to its new location to keep it from being destroyed. In 1934, he moved into the house. Can you imagine how much it cost S. Godfrey to move the house! We found the house the day before the Reunion, thanks to local friends. We were unable to visit the house, so I promised attendees that I would get them a picture!

DSC_0421The Trinity Episcopal Church of Staunton was formed in 1764, one year before the town of Staunton was established. It was the only church in the town limits until the mid 1800’s. If you had come to the reunion you would know why! 

DSC_0455The building standing in front of our members was the home of Dr. Frederick Lewis Henkel. He was a single person, who practiced medicine downstairs and lived upstairs!

DSC_0570Our next stop was for lunch at the Old Trinity Church built in 1889. The church currently is only used for special occasions. The Henckel Family Association was thankful that the church and its picnic pavilion were loaned to us by Bethany-Trinity Lutheran for our luncheon. They also allowed us to use their sanctuary for a presentation outlining the long standing relationship between the Henckels and Coiners who founded the church with the help of the Rev. Paul Henkel in 1794.

DSC_0488 Everyone enjoyed the wonderful weather and delicious food served at Trinity Lutheran.

DSC_0486 Two of our members Rev. Harold Kitzmann and his wife Betty, a Henckel cousin, helped make the use of the church’s facilities available to us. They were wonderful host and we all were appreciative of the help from them in putting our Reunion together.

What’s a picnic without kids? Our cousins came through, many brought their kids and grandkids to the reunion, many for the first time. They will always be welcome!!! 

DSC_0490How could anyone not love this young lady………………..what a cutie!!!! Thanks to her   parents for bringing her, she added so much to the Reunion.

DSC_0657Then there is this little guy…………adorable!! I was fortunate to get a hug from him.

DSC_0491And then there are these two. I wonder what they are talking about, only they know! I hope both will be members 60 years from now. I will need someone to replace me as a member long before then!


DSC_0612Our next stop was in Basic City to hear from two Henkel cousins about their great, great grandfather, David Socrates Henkel, and his part in creating the “Boom City of Virginia in the 1890’s”. The presentation was made at Basic Methodist Church, which was built in 1893, right in the middle “The Boom”.  What happened to Basic City?  You’ll have to ask me at the Pennsylvania Reunion in 2017! Don’t miss it, it’s going to be the best ever.

DSC_0629Member are meeting at the top of the largest hill in Waynesboro. They are gathering to hear about the last battle of the Civil War in the Shenandoah Valley. The battle lines were drawn right at the top of this hill. Needless to say, the Confederate Army was soundly defeated and the Civil War ended a couple of weeks later!

DSC_0648Our Saturday night dinner was at the Holiday Inn Staunton. After dinner we talk about our next Reunion. As always we had a historical speaker that answered many lingering questions about our ancestors. We had 99 people at he Reunion, wished you could have made it 100+!!

DSC_0664Eddie Hinkle was recognized by Richard Henkel, our new President, for his 10 years as President of the Association. Eddie was presented a beautifully inscribed plaque for his service by Association members.

DSC_0670Ken Hinkle was also recognized by Richard for his unbelievable record of 26 years of service to the Association. Ken was President, Vice President, and Historian of the Association for all these years. Richard also nominated him as Historian Emeritus of the Association, the nomination was seconded by Greg Adamson, and was unanimously approved by our membership. 

DSC_0645Our Reunion ended with a presentation by Professor Daniel Bly, a retired history professor from Bridgewater College.  His presentation was about why Anthony Jacob Henckel and his family came to America in 1717. It was quite thought provoking and left us wondering how they ever made it to America in 1717.

DSC_0651One last thought! These two young ladies and all the other young adults and their children, who came to the Staunton Reunion are the future of “The Henckel Family Association”.  I thank all of you for coming and hope that you will come back for many years to come. With your participation and support, “The Henckel Family Association” which was formed in 1917 and restarted in 1965 will be here for your kids and grandkids for the coming 100 years!!!!  

I hope this gives all Henckel descendants who are considering membership in our Association a better idea of what the members of our Association do at our Reunions. Our mission is to help preserve the history of our family with the help of all of our cousins throughout America and now, even, the world. Please become a member and help us accomplish our goal.                                      

30 thoughts on “2016 Family Reunions – Staunton, VA”

  1. marylou halupa said:

    i am a member of the henckel assoc, 7th branch. i live in oregon, and have been to a handful of reunions here. i learned about the 300th celebration last summer at our oregon reunion in portland. exciting! i would appreciate hearing from you as the details for this amazing event come together. my ‘people’ came to portland and philomath by wagon train in 1852 and 1853, the later being the henkle train. i am now retired and want to spend more time on learning the great stories! please keep me informed of the plans.

    marylou danielson halupa

    • Mary Lou:

      I just checked our records and we do not show you as a current member of “The Henckel Family National Association”. You must be a member of the Association to receive our newsletter that is published twice a year (Nov. and March). The March Newsletter will tell you about our Reunion in New Hanover, PA which is where our family started its life in America in 1717.

      Please go to the Tab Member on this website and it will give you instructions for becoming a member of the Association, so you will once again receive our Newsletters. Annual dues payment are required to remain an active member of the Association.

  2. Anthony Jacob Henkel (7th) great grandfather
    Johann Justus Henkel (6th)
    Jacob Henkel married Mary Barbara Teter (5th)
    Barbara Hinkle married Jacob Adam Helmick (4th)
    Hannah Helmick married Daniel B Hardway (3rd)
    George Washington Hardway married Barbara Jarvis (2nd)
    Ellen Hardway married Archibald H Boggs (great-grandparents)
    Jacob S Boggs married Alice Melinda Davis (grandparents)
    Clyde Edward Boggs married Shirley Irene White (parents)
    Me – Carolyn

  3. Billie Lee Rammelsberg said:

    I wish that I could have made it to the 2016 Henckel Reunion, but I went to my Nail/Ray Family Reunion just the weekend before the Henckel Reunion and we couldn’t leave our furry friends (our cats) home alone any longer. Looks by the pictures that you had a good time and saw a lot of stuff that interests me. I would love to come to the 2017 Reunion in PA if I could talk my husband into it. My ancestor was Asa Henkle & his first wife Sarah Plummer & their son Jacob Titus Henkle. Asa Henkle and his second wife Anna Micheals came to Garrison, Benton Co., IA..
    Your Henkle Cousin
    Billie Lee Alcott-Rammelsberg

  4. Thanks Charles, it was a great experience learning about all of our cousins that lived and prospered in Staunton and my great grandfather and grandmother that lived in Waynesboro which is my childhood home town!

  5. Charles Coley said:

    Congratulations to Richard Henkel for creating and nurturing an exceptional and outstanding Reunion in Staunton. He was totally committed to making this reunion special. He made many trips to Staunton and Waynesboro preparing for the event. It is apparent from the pictures that he accomplished his dream for the event. Congratulation – Richard!!!!

  6. Emma Hinkle said:

    I am Emma Hinkle I am married To David Hinkle. We have an autobiography of Anthony J.Henckle written by one of his Great Great Many Great Granddaughter. We would love to come to the reunion in 2017.

    • We look forward to seeing you at the 2017 Reunion in Pennsylvania in June 2017. Continue to follow us on our website and also join our Association, so you will receive updates on attending the Reunion.

  7. Hugh Cooke Ladd said:

    I am Siram P. Henkel’s great grandson. I am 64 years old and live in Huntington WV. My mother was Margret Lucille Renalds Ladd. I would like to know who the living descendants of Siram P. Henkel are and where they live.

  8. Jaye Drummond said:

    Is the sword a recent discovery? I don’t remember reading about it or seeing it before. I am a descendant of Johann Justus Henckel through his son Jacob (1733-1779), then Benjamin (1765-1792), and Gideon (1786-1869).

  9. Thanks to my sister, I was just informed in the last week about my lineage in the Henckel/Henkle/Hinkle family tree. John Justus Sr. was my 7x great grandfather. She also showed me a picture of the Hinkle’s Fort marker in WV. Very cool!

    It appears John’s grandson, George Henkle (John Justus Jr.’s eldest son), relocated to Fayette County, Ohio. And his grandson, John Collins Henkle, must have been the one to relocate to Clark County, Ohio. He owned land in (naturally) German Township there. He was my 3x great grandfather.

    And then I discovered this website and learned there is a Henckel family association. Also very cool.

    I’ve also discovered there seems to be a lot of Hinkles in the Ft Worth, TX area. Is this a branch of the family tree? If so, I’d be curious to know which.

    Lastly, are there no pictures available from the reunion held in Springfield, Ohio? I’d be very curious to see those as that is the hometown of my great grandfather, grandfather, and mother.

    • Barry, first thanks for checking our website out. The site has only been in existence since late 2012. We put pictures of Reunion that we had back to around 2007. Secondly, the last time and only time, a Reunion was held in Springfield, Ohio was 1996. I am not aware of any pictures of that Reunion being available, in the coming year we will be publishing a book on the Reunions from 1965 to 2015 (50 continuous years). If pictures are available we will find them in our research and publish some of the ones we find in the book. Lastly, to my knowledge we have no members of our Association that live in Texas, so I can not answer your question on what Branch they may represent.

      If you do not have a Henckel Genealogy, you may want to purchase one. They currently are out of print, but as it states on our website, you can find them on Amazon.com or on eBay.com in either print versions or on disk. We hope to have our own source for the print version in the next couple of months. We hope that you will consider joining our Association, our 2017 Reunion in Germantown, PA at St. Michael’s Lutheran will be of great interest to anyone who wants to know more about where they came from. As you no doubt sqaw, all information on joining is on the website. Thanks again for your interest, Richard Henkel – Webmaster.

      • Phillip Hinkle said:

        Barry, I’ve lived in Grapevine (suburb of Fort Worth) since 1989 and have been a member of the Association for probably the last 15 to 20+ years. So, I’ve maintained an interest in Rev. A.J. Henckel. But, because of my distance from the east coast, I’ve never been an active member of the association. I mostly just read the newsletters. I have visited St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Germantown and visited New Market, VA sites about 3 or 4 times. I would not have been able to visit sites here in the United States without the remarkable job the officers do in keeping the association active.

        I just returned last week from Germany. I visited the first church where Rev. A.J. Henckel served as a pastor (Eschelbronn), which is also the only church in Germany with a memorial tablet commemorating Rev. A. J. Henckel. I stayed with Marius Golgath and his family. Marius is the author of the only German book on Rev. A.J. Henckel. While there, we visited the nearby Daudenzell church, which is the last church in Germany where Rev. Henckel served as pastor before he came to America. The altar and bell tower that were standing when Rev. A.J. Henckel was pastor are still standing, and we were allowed to climb to the belfry where the 500 year old bell still rings hourly.

        I’m from the 5th branch. If you want to chat sometime, feel free to call me. My number is in the phone book. Phillip Hinkle

  10. It’s a pity you don’t have a donate button! I’d without a doubt donate to this fantastic blog!
    I suppose for now i’ll settle for bookmarking and adding your
    RSS feed to my Google account. I look forward to new updates
    and will share this site with my Facebook group.
    Chat soon!

    • Please see TAB – Membership. You will find the forms necessary to join our Association and also for donations to projects that we are working on. Our major efforts at this time is raising money to help St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Germantown, PA. The church was formed in 1728 by Anthony Jacob Henckel and is the site of our 2017 Reunion. Anthony Jacob and his family came to America in 1717 and the Reunion will celebrate our family’s 300th year in America!

      The Association also mains a cemetery in the Germany Valley where John Justus Henkel and some of his family are buried. The site of the Hinkle Fort used our troops in the Revolutionary War is located on land adjacent to the cemetery. Our Reunion in June will be held at this site and others throughout the Valley.

      Thank you for your compliments on the website, we hope you will join our Association!! Richard Henkel

  11. I will be in Costa Rica this reunion.I will make the next one.

    Geoffrey Taylor

  12. Jodi Mattingly said:

    Have the dates for the 2015 reunion been scheduled yet ?

    • Dates have not been issued for 2015 Reunion in Riverton, WVA yet. However, looking at the calendar indicates that they will probably be June 12, 13, 14th.

      • Cheryl Dumaine said:

        Would sure like to get the information about dates, places to stay, etc as we will be coming from California. The sooner we get it the sooner we can get our reservations. Thanks.

      • Please look under Newsletter Tab and you will see date of upcoming Family Reunion – June 19-20-21 – headquarters will tentatively be in Moorefield, WVA. The family Association is in process of
        finding a hotel/motel to handle our members. Further details willbe forthcoming in our Spring Newsletter in late March o early April. We look forward to seeing you at the Reunion!

  13. I am descended from Christian Henkel from Philadelphia that married Isaac Harman and moved to Harman Hills, WV about 1770. Please send me info about the Riverton, WV dates for 2015 reunion. (vmidoc@hotmail.com,)

    • For information to be sent by mail to you, you must join the Association. The information will be on this website in March for your review if you do not want to join. We would like to have you as a member,
      so please go to membership to learn how to join.

  14. Stephanie Ebert said:

    John Justus Henkel is my 17th uncle!!!!

  15. Judy Brand said:

    Please put me down for the reunion in 2015!

  16. Kim Garvey said:

    Yes I am a descendant of the Henckel family and live in Ontario, Canada but wish to be contacted about the ReUnions and other information. I have never been there in USA yet!!!

    • Kim, the Reunion this year will be in and around Conover, NC. It is always held in the middle of June, so coninue to check the web page. I would suggest that you become a member of the Association, so that you will get mailers on the Reunion and other info on the Association. You can do this by following the directions on the web page. The dues are $10.00 per year.

      Richard Henkel

  17. Pat McRowe said:

    I am a descendant of “Jost” Henckel, through his daughter Margaret and George Teter. I would like to be informed about the 2014 reunion.
    Thanks, Pat McRowe

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